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Training For Epic Climbs

Ultra climbing events not only take a specialized fitness, it requires some unique performance “habits”. Here are few tips to help you survive and thrive in an ultra climbing event.

Toolbox: Self Talk, Psychology & Performance

“My Legs Hurt!” What are your thoughts really telling you and how can you turn it around to your benefit? Explore the psychological factors which can influence endurance performance and discover simple strategies to strengthen your mind and gain an advantage over your competitors.

Toolbox: The Confidence Game

Confidence has often been described as the single greatest contributor to an athlete’s success. It is also, unfortunately, a fickle and frail ally, as apt to abandon the unprepared as embrace the deserving. While the role of confidence is touted, the mechanisms of confidence are less well understood. Let’s change that.

Toolbox: Pain Tolerance and Physical Fitness

Does being fitter also make you tougher? Does improved fitness actually alter pain tolerance? Cycle sport is intricately mythologized with the heroism and agony of suffering. We watch and marvel not just at the speed and power of the pros, but for the thrill (for us) and suffering (for them) inherent in racing over cobbles, high mountains rain, extreme heat, and even snow.

Toolbox: Setting Goals Reboot

Another article on goal setting? Really? How hard can it be? If 2014 was everything you planned it to be, congratulations and no need to read any further. However, if things got away from you or you are ending the year feeling that things were left undone, read on for more information on how to make the most of your goals.

Toolbox: Rebounding from a DNF

This year’s Tour de France will record a DNF next to major players such as Cavendish, Froome, and Contador. While injuries and crashes are a part of the sport, facing the choice to ‘abandon’ mid race or mid stage can be demoralizing. Without proper support this decision can haunt an athlete, undermining self-confidence and ultimately hurt performance.

Toolbox: Mental Preparation

Preparation is important in any sport but especially in cycling. With so many uncontrollable variables in this sport, anything you can do to control what can be controlled will improve your chance at success, however you may define it. Let's look at a key part of good preparation today that could completely transform your perfromance - good mental preparation.

Toolbox: Turning Negativity to Positivity

Negative thinking, especially during difficult rides, will certainly hurt your cycling confidence and prevent you from riding your best and achieving your cycling goals. Your goal is to retrain your negative thinking into positive thinking and high confidence that propels you to your very best rides.

Toolbox: Overcoming Frustration in Cycling

Frustration may be your most significant obstacle to achieving your cycling goals. We feel stuck, we tense up, and we have difficulty focusing. The best way I can describe the feeling is: AAARRGGHH!! It is a truly infuriating feeling. But does it always have to be a bad thing?